Awards & Recognition


"In recognition of its quality service in clinical performance, Tyler Family Circle of Care has received the 2017 Quality Improvement Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As a Health Center Quality Leader, Tyler Family Circle of Care achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers."

- George Sigounas, MS, PhD, HRSA Administrator


On Saturday, October 21, 2017, FAMILY Circle of Care held the Crucial Catch Day to intercept cancer.

This community event was an opportunity to help eligible underserved constituents reduce their risk for cancer by providing cancer prevention and early detection outreach and education.

The event was made possible through a grant awarded to the health center by The American Cancer Society in collaboration with the National Football League. The grant award of $75,000 will assist in providing necessary cancer screenings and HPV vaccines to many residing in the Smith County area. FAMILY Circle of Care has increased their quality of care initiatives in the area of colorectal cancer screenings and HPV vaccines since January 2016 by 73% during sick and well-child visits.

“The American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives and addressing the unequal burden of cancer. Along with the National Football League - a partner since 2009, grant awards have been awarded to 500 community health system partners to provide education, outreach, navigation and access to cancer screening resources within communities experiencing an unequal burden of cancer”.

Many community volunteers and non-profit organizations participated in the event. Over 200 people received medical health care on Saturday through clinic visits, vaccinations, mammograms, other health screenings and health information, including nutrition education.

Special thanks to the NET Health Public Health Department for providing flu and HPV vaccines and UT Health Northeast for colorectal cancer screenings.

Many thanks to the American Cancer Society and the National Football League for their support and continued collaboration.

Source: American Cancer Society, 2017.

FAMILY Circle of Care was recently recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home Level III (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). PCMH is a team-based healthcare delivery model led by a health care provider that is intended to provide comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with the goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes. Level III is currently the highest level attainable by a community health center.

Mayor Pro-Tem, Don Warren presented the proclamation on behalf of Tyler Mayor, Martin Heines, in recognition of this accomplishment. “As the most widely adopted PCMH evaluation program in the country,” NCQA Patient Centered Medical Homes deliver high quality care that can lead not only to better health outcomes, but also improved patient experiences and lower costs, the Triple Aim.

Congratulations goes out to everyone who helped make this happen, including Core Team Leader, Vanessa Vela, Dr. Rebecca Risinger, Lead Physician, Pediatrics Services, Linda Isabell, RN-COO, Practice Managers-Sherri Gould RN, Aimee Herring LVN, and Jennifer Blake; Shane Hilton WHNP and Michael Adams.

Dr. Rebecca Risinger, Lead Physician, Pediatrics Services and Dr. Lucianne Marin accept a $5,000.00 grant from the Smith County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association Foundation for our "Healthy Kids" Group Visit Program.

This award is granted to further assist and expand our “Healthy Kids Shared Medical Visits” program to include an exercise component with a certified fitness instructor for children. Funding will also be utilized to provide more age appropriate educational materials related to nutrition and to augment existing pediatric nutrition support services.

Shared Medical Visits are a fairly new concept of health care in the east Texas area, especially in pediatrics, however, more common on the west and east coast. These visits are also attended by a Pediatrician providing individualized patient care. Scheduled reporting will be provided to the Society regarding the interventions and goals accomplished with this program.

Family Circle of Care has been awarded the 2015 Health Center Quality Improvement Grant Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Primary Health Care. This award is considered one of the highest awards in the state of Texas granted to Texas Community Health Centers. It was granted to Family Circle of Care, in recognition for performance improvement in the areas of Clinical Quality, Patient Access and High Value Health Centers.

Family Circle of Care has become the recipient of the Superior Health Plan group grant award in the amount of $5,000. This award is granted to assist in our “Healthy Kids Shared Medical Visits” clinic. Funding will go towards educational materials and videos related to such topics as nutrition counseling, the use of healthy snacks and appropriate food preparation. It will also provide for such activity items as hoola hoops, jump ropes and activity monitors such as pedometers. Superior Health Plan provides public insurance for many of our patients.

Nadra Miller LVN, Broadway Clinic
Accepts award from NET Health Public Health District
for high immunization rates in the Broadway clinic

Sherri Gould RN and Aimee Herring LVN
Broadway and Houston Pediatric Clinics
Accept award from NET Health Public Health District
for high Immunization rates